Laurel Tester MBACP
How I Can Help You:
*Please note that due to Covid-19 I am now offering telephone and video sessions. The current situation is distressing for many people, do not struggle alone. Reach out. I am offering concessionary rates for front line workers and NHS staff.
Life is not a straightforward journey. At times it can feel like a downright struggle. Sometimes family and relationships can trigger deep-seated issues and grief that make it hard to cope. If things currently feel confusing for you, counselling is a safe confidential space that your feelings can be unpacked and explored to bring clarity to your life, relationships, and experiences. Anxiety can feel lonely. But you don't have to be alone.
By putting my own values and judgements aside, I aim to join you in confronting your problems and gain a deep understanding of your experiences and feelings. By using various theories and techniques during our work together I'll help you to resolve past trauma and current conflict that is causing you pain or keeping you back from where you want to be in life.
What to expect from a session:
The first session will be an assessment which will help me gauge your needs. You will share some of your background and the issues which have prompted you to seek counselling. During this first session while I am learning more about you, you will also get a feel for me and how I work as a therapist.
I offer both short-term and open ended therapy and we will discuss which would best suit your needs during the initial assessment.
In further sessions, we will explore the issues that you feel are relevant and potentially holding you back from a more fulfilled life.
Each session lasts 50 mins and are usually held weekly.
We will regularly review our work together and explore whether you are getting what you need from the therapy.
I am also able to offer online counselling through a safe and secure video platform if this is your preference.
At the core of my way of working, I bring a deep trust in each person's potential to grow and flourish. I believe that everyone has the capacity for healing and growth given the right conditions and support, and this is exactly what I aim to provide. I work in a relational way, meaning a place a strong emphasis on the quality of connect we create together. My training background is Person Centre and Psychodynamically oriented, with further training in Group Analysis. I have experience working with people struggling through trauma, depression, anxiety and grief to name just a few. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and am committed to my own practitioner development, regularly attending specialist training courses, keeping myself up to date in best practices and theories of counselling. I am trained in online counselling and can offer this as an alternative if this better suits your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Currently undertaking Post Grad training at University of Oxford in Psychodynamic Counselling
- Person Centred Counselling FdSc at University of Worcester
- Foundation in Group Analysis through the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA)
I have direct experience working with a range of issues including depression, anxiety, complex trauma, grief, sexual issues, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem and anger management. Before starting my private practice, I worked in an occupational health setting helping staff to overcome difficulties holding them back both at home and in the workplace.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Face to face: sessions are £50
Online Psycho-educational sessions £60
I am occasionally able to offer concessionary rates which can be discussed during our first session.